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Divorce centres a year on and summer networking (9 June, London)

One year since the launch of the Designated Divorce Centre, how are we and our clients faring? Has the court service met expectations? This Family Section seminar will give you an opportunity to look back over the last year to reflect, review and make suggestions. 

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We commission exclusive articles from leading practitioners and commentators, on all areas of family law and practice


Oxfordshire County Council's childcare team goes paperless

21 December 2015

Oxfordshire County Council’s legal team could be saying a permanent goodbye to filing after successfully completing their first ‘paperless’ case.


How not to be an emotionally resilient lawyer

6 October 2015By

In the second installment on emotional health for lawyers, Julian Hall takes a look at the behaviours that undermine our sense of wellbeing

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Divorce, disclosure and dishonesty: The Panama Papers Subscription

27 April 2016By

Tony Roe offers a reminder on the importance of full and frank disclosure in the light of the Panama Papers leak


Not just for WAGs: Schedule 1 Children Act 1989 claims Subscription

21 April 2016By

Schedule 1 claims are on the rise and they have a broader application than many practitioners realise. Samantha Hillas and Ros Bever provide a practical guide 

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Lord Wilson, Justice of the Supreme Court answers your questions (Part 2)

21 March 2016By

In the second installment of a two-part feature, in conversation with Elizabeth Noone, Lord Wilson discusses the role of the child in court proceedings, transparency in the family courts, access to justice, and diversity in the profession

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As a Section member, you're entitled to four webinars as part of your membership, available live and on-demand

Webinar: International child re-location (27 April)

The webinar will cover the key themes and issues necessary to operate in this area of work, focussing on children who are subject to public law proceedings and children in the care system as opposed to private law proceedings.  Find out more

Webinar: Pensions on divorce: topical themes for Spring (20 April)

This webinar details the way in which pensions can be treated on divorce to the advantage of your clients, including the new pension freedoms and recent state pensions changes. 

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FAQ: Varying the terms of a consent order

27 April 2016

The Law Society’s Library lists precedents for a deed varying the terms of a consent order

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FAQ: Carrying out customer due diligence

18 February 2016

The Law Society’s Practice Advice Service outlines the approach a firm should take to comply with customer due dilligence obligations as required by the Money Laundering Regulations 2007   

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Benefits of Membership*

The Family Section will provide you with support, advice, networking opportunities and enable the sharing of best practice with peers.

The current Section Engagement programme has been created in consultation with the Advisory Group and will focus on key issues including:

  • Sharland and Gohil Supreme Court Judgement
  • Family Law Protocol
  • General Children Law update
  • Forced marriages
  • Divorce centres a year on
  • Pensions for family lawyers
  • General financial remedies update
  • Surrogacy
  • Social media as a business tool: Is LinkedIn worth my time?
  • Emotional resilience
  • Domestic Violence
  • Serious Crime Act 2015: FGM provisions

These issues will be addressed through a range of activities including: Seminars, Discounts off Law Society publications and webinars, Features, Commentary, Webinars, News and a LinkedIn Group.

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